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  • Audio CD (26 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Live
  • Label: Orange Twin
  • ASIN: B00005M09D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Now avaialable again Jeff Mangum will be in the UK for All Tomorrow's Parties (March 9-11) as well as 2 sold out London shows at Union Chapel March 13-14...Jeff Mangum 'Live at Jittery Joe's' is the first live recording of Jeff to be released to the public. The solo acoustic show took place at a local coffee house in Athens, GA in 1997 and was recorded onto high 8 video by R.E.M. cameraman and independent film maker, Lance Bangs. The CD consists of both audio tracks (playable on any CD player) and the video image (viewable on both Mac and PC computers using Quicktime movie viewer). Jeff Mangum is well known as the lead singer and songwriter for Neutral Milk Hotel, but he has previously never released any of the solo performances that were so enjoyed by the local community in his home town of Athens. This record contains both solo versions of songs that were used on 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea' and previously unreleased songs that were never played by the band. Highlight's include an amazing version of Phil Spector's 'I Love How You Love Me' as well as the swooning children's song 'Engine' (written by Mangum). The video image shows Mangum in 'the Starlit Crypt', a room covered with Christmas lights, performing a highly intimate show with a small child dancing at his feet. For all of those persons who were never able to see Jeff Mangum and/or Neutral Milk Hotel play live, and even the one's who did, this album will be a real treasure.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Jeff Mangum is the frontman of the acid-weird indie-rock group known as Neutral Milk Hotel. "Live at Jittery Joe's," a recording made at a Georgia coffeehouse between Neutral Milk Hotel's two albums, is a casual, offbeat little live recording. It's not astounding, but it's pleasant.
In it, Mangum takes requests and plays various songs from both albums -- a faster version of "A Baby For Pree," the enjoyably weird "Engine," a cover of Phil Spector's "I Love How You Love Me," and versions of ""Where You'll Find Me Now" and "Two-Headed Boy Part 2" that alter the original lyrics ("In my dreams you're alive/And you're crying..."). A few of Mangum's songs stumble: "I Will Bury You in Time" is weak by comparison, and songs like "Gardenhead" suffer musically from a lack of fuzz guitar.
Mangum tends to create strange, tangled, vivid songs, and they don't lose their punch because he's playing acoustic music in a coffeehouse. "Live" feels very casual and relaxed, as if he's really enjoying what he's doing. "Live"'s sound quality suffers somewhat, since it is basically a bootleg. It could use some tighter editing and some cleaning up. (Will no one take the baby out of the coffeehouse?)
It's also nice to hear some alternate versions of already existing songs ("Baby For Pree"), as well as unreleased material ("Engine"). Not to mention some spur-of-the-moment changes -- mashing together a song about Jesus to a Neutral Milk Hotel song, for example. It's weird, but it works.
But the brilliant guy behind Neutral Milk Hotel is in fine form here. Mangum's flawed voice is solidly poignant, very strong and emotional.
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In that case this album is pretty much a must have. With alternative versions (if only slightly) of Two-Headed Boy Parts 1 & 2, Baby For Pree, Gardenhead, Oh Comely and more it will certainly be an interesting trip for Neutral fans. I will agree with the other reviewer that the sound quality is not quite perfect, but apart from that I really can't see why this album doesn't have the same notoriety as Avery Island or Aeroplane. It fits perfectly between the two, and shows Mangum's evolution from Avery to Aeroplane incredibly well - I for one actually prefer most of the songs on this album to their original (especially Gardenhead - it works so much better for me on acoustic) even if you have to wait for a couple of minutes at the end of Engine for Jeff to move on.

A warning on the Phil Spector cover though - it's the ONE track on this album which I don't like and feel the need to skip. Give it a try, by all means, but for me it's the song which Jeff (although I credit him for trying) can't quite pull off. The singing's out of key and makes me cringe a little...

Other than that though I'd say it's a pretty solid album. Liked Neutral Milk Hotel? Then you won't regret buying a copy of Jittery Joe's.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
I would pay whatever it took to see Jeff Mangum perform. 7 Dec. 2005
By Wendell Chancellor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you told me Jeff Mangum would be playing again for a few friends at a coffee house in Athens, Georgia: I would leave before you finished telling me. I would pay just about whatever price it took to get there. I would ride forty hours on a bus. I would drive through two nights. I would take rides from truckers who listen to nothing but Neil Diamond.

And I would do it just to hear Jeff perform again.

You see, by the time I first tuned in, the Jeff-Mangum-Neutral-Milk-Hotel-Elephant-Six train had left the station. By then, all chances of seeing Jeff and NMH perform live had long since dried up. This is why "Live at Jittery Joe's" is such a gift.

"Live at Jittery Joe's" offers a glimpse of an artist on the brink. Jeff is about to paint his masterpiece. He will record "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" within the next year or so of this performance. The fascination of "Live at Jittery Joe's" is hearing that all the elements are there--waiting for Jeff (and NMH and Robert Schneider) to bring them together.

There is a haunting beauty and an emotional ache about "Live at Jittery Joe's." At no moment is it deeper than when Jeff sings Phil Spector's "I Love How You Love Me." We ache because we know the end of the story; NMH records "Aeroplane," tours, tours some more, and then Jeff falls of the map. Perhaps for good.

For me, the most poignant moments come in watching the Quicktime video of the evening (included with the CD). In some measure, Jeff's music is about childhood, innocence and the loss of that innocence. During the video, Jeff fades into the darkness and the camera follows a two-year-old girl, playing in the background. Her image matches and intensifies the effect of the music.

Realistically, this shouldn't be your introduction to Jeff's music. Buy "Aeroplane" first. Digest it some. Buy "On Avery Island." Then you will be ready for "Live at Jittery Joe's."
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
vulnerability at its most beautiful 9 Sept. 2001
By "twoheadedgirl" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jeff Mangum has a way with words that I have never encountered before. At first listen, his songs sound unassuming and happy, but slipped into their charming melodies are heartaching stories of unresolved love and pain (many loosely based on the Diary of Anne Frank). His voice is untrained and vulnerable and utterly captivating with its unusual turns. His lyrics are obscure and strange, becoming more accessible and beautiful with further listening.
Recorded in 1997, Jitter Joe's provides an intimate conglomeration of "On Avery Island" and early versions of songs from "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea", plus a wistful cover of Phil Spector's "I Love How You Love Me". "Two Headed Boy Pt. Two" stands out in particular, with alternate lyrics from the album, along with "Naomi" and "Oh Comely". Where the previous versions of these songs are accompanied by trumpets and electronics, Jeff Mangum plays alone on this album, and offers a simple but poignant look at the man who is the genius behind Neutral Milk Hotel. There is much interaction with the audience between tracks, and interesting explanations for some of the songs are given. The entire show is included on the CD as a Quicktime video. An absolutely incredible album.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Jeff Mangum's "lost work" 6 April 2004
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jeff Mangum is the frontman of the acid-weird indie-rock group known as Neutral Milk Hotel. "Live at Jittery Joe's," a recording made at a Georgia coffeehouse between Neutral Milk Hotel's two albums, is a casual, offbeat little live recording. It's not astounding, but it's pleasant.
In it, Mangum takes requests and plays various songs from both albums -- a faster version of "A Baby For Pree," the enjoyably weird "Engine," a cover of Phil Spector's "I Love How You Love Me," and versions of ""Where You'll Find Me Now" and "Two-Headed Boy Part 2" that alter the original lyrics ("In my dreams you're alive/And you're crying..."). A few of Mangum's songs stumble: "I Will Bury You in Time" is weak by comparison, and songs like "Gardenhead" suffer musically from a lack of fuzz guitar.
Mangum tends to create strange, tangled, vivid songs, and they don't lose their punch because he's playing acoustic music in a coffeehouse. "Live" feels very casual and relaxed, as if he's really enjoying what he's doing. "Live"'s sound quality suffers somewhat, since it is basically a bootleg. It could use some tighter editing and some cleaning up. (Will no one take the baby out of the coffeehouse?)
It's also nice to hear some alternate versions of already existing songs ("Baby For Pree"), as well as unreleased material ("Engine"). Not to mention some spur-of-the-moment changes -- mashing together a song about Jesus to a Neutral Milk Hotel song, for example. It's weird, but it works.
But the brilliant guy behind Neutral Milk Hotel is in fine form here. Mangum's flawed voice is solidly poignant, very strong and emotional. His acoustic guitar playing doesn't have the texture of his band's electronic/fuzz sound, so expect something more folkie than indie. His guitar playing is strong and pleasantly quirky.
Despite subpar sound quality and some songs that don't work, Jeff Mangum's "Live At Jittery Joe's" is intimately odd. A curiosity for fans of Neutral Milk Hotel.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Field recording of a beautifull performance..... 30 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Stunning document of Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum performing a small show in an Athens, Georgia coffehouse in the time between the release of "on avery island" and the recording of his landmark "in the aeroplane over the sea." Early versions of the material for that album are played for the first time in public, to what sounds like a handfull of friends who engage Jeff throughout the performance with conversation and requests. The simple stereo field recording of Jeff's voice and acoustic guitar is perfectly suited to the material, and a genuine sense of intimacy comes across. One after another the songs are jaw dropping, culminating with the unveiling of "oh comely" in a possessed version even more affecting than one found on "ITAOTS." The entire show is also included as a Quicktime movie, and gives a subdued, backlit glimpse of Jeff losing himself in the performance, seated while the room seems to glow over his shoulder and a child plays at his feet. Remarkable.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Thank you Jeff! 19 Jan. 2002
By Mike Hanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well I ordered this CD from Amazon and sent them the dough yesterday, but while I was vacationing in Texas I saw it in a store and I weakened and bought it there. It's truly everything I thought it would be. I own Avery Island, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea and a bootleg of NMH playing live and have been waiting for a new release from Jeff or the band as a whole for some time now. While hearing the band do the songs live is special, hearing Jeff the songwriter play them by himself in front of friends and family is truly something. Because it is only Jeff playing, the focus tends to drift towards his voice. For my part, I can say that I greatly enjoy listening to it. I find it to be one of the most emotional and moving instruments in all of music. I also think that Jeff is one of the best songwriters to come along in the last ten years and it is truly ashame that he seems to have gotten away from the pursuit of musical endeavors with the exception of drumming for Circulatory System and recording Bulgarian tunes. For fans of Neutral Milk Hotel this CD is a must. If you have often wondered what made Avery Island and Aeroplane so remarkable, this CD reveals the heart and soul behind those songs (and showcases an excellent unreleased original as well as an impressive cover). NMH was always high art, but do not be misled by ignorant comments. It was never pretentious and neither is Jeff. In fact, the between song banter actually surprised me (pleasantly) with how down-to-earth Jeff and those surrounding him are. Jeff's lyrics though, tap deep into the subconscious and are symbolic, covering many subjects such as death, love, loneliness, lost innocence and childhood. But often, several of these themes are present in the same song because of the stream of consciousness style he writes in. Not only that, but the songs taken (well not really taken since In The Aeroplane Over The Sea did not exist yet at the date of this performance) from Aeroplane have details of the life of Anne Frank and her family weaving in and out of the aforementioned themes in the lyrics. Not that every story behind every lyric is really so important. If you are listening, you will hear what Jeff is saying, whether you understand the words or not.
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